Bordered by the Arakawa River on the west, the Edo River on the east and split down the middle by the Naka River, even smaller local parks in Katsushika City Ward seem to have a feeling of water and space nearby. Here is an introduction to some of the parks and gardens of Katsushika and how to access them.

Aoto Peace Park

Featuring a statue of a young girl releasing a dove, Aoto Peace Park acts a memorial of the tragic atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A cenotaph and case filled with folded paper cranes complete the memorial while the park itself is home to a wisteria garden and a water pool area that is great for the children during summer.

An 8-minute walk from Aoto Station on the Kesei Main Line.

Aoto Peace Park (Photo: <a href="https://sw0437.exblog.jp/22590389/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Image by パテオナベ</a>)
Aoto Peace Park (Photo: Image by パテオナベ)

Higashi Tateishi Ryokuchi Park

Jutting out onto the Naka River lies Higashi Tateishi Ryokuchi Park. A fantastic riverside location featuring plenty of play space and equipment for the children - including an incredibly long roller slide - the park is a great space for joggers and families out to enjoy a picnic while enjoying some decent river views.

A 10-minute walk from Kesiei Tateishi Station on the Oshiage Line.

Higashi Tateishi Ryokuchi Park (filter applied) (Photo: Kentin / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Higashi Tateishi Ryokuchi Park (filter applied) (Photo: Kentin / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Horikiri Iris Garden

A lovely garden of blooming iris flowers in June, the Horikiri Iris Garden is one of the only remaining traditionally-styled iris gardens left in the area. A throwback to the old Edo period, this free garden features some six thousand iris plants along with other flowers. Walking bridges, trails and a classical design all combine to create an authentically intimate floral experience.

A 9-minute walk from Horikiri-shobuen Station on the Keisei Line.

Horikiri Iris Garden (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_shine/34495916983/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Jim Shine / CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Horikiri Iris Garden (Photo: Jim Shine / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mizumoto Park

A haven for bird lovers, Mizumoto Park is a huge expanse of green that connects with a number of smaller green spaces. Hosting the largest iris festival with over 200,000 flowers blooming in June, the park is located along the banks of the Oba River and features BBQ areas, camping and fishing grounds and even some adventuring.

A 7-minute walk from Mizumoto Koen Bus Stop on the Kesiei Bus from Kanemachi Station.

Mizumoto Park (Photo: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mizumoto-Park-2017121001.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Hasec / CC0 1.0</a>)
Mizumoto Park (Photo: Hasec / CC0 1.0)